Susan is also participating in Icon’s Survivorship Pilot Program through the support of Icon Southport’s Cancer Care Co-ordinator, Taia. This program aims to support patients holistically through the transition to life beyond their cancer treatment.
“The survivorship program reassured me about the choices I was already making and is a great reminder about the importance of seeking support. Taia has always been there for me by answering any queries or concerns, no matter how small they are,” says Susan.
“I like to keep myself busy. I mediate and practice qi gong daily, play tennis twice a week, swim in the ocean or our backyard pool and I love reading. I aim to start writing again when my focus improves.”
To mark Icon Southport’s 15th birthday, Susan has a message to share with the team.
“They have been so careful and considerate of my health needs but also of me as a person. I feel strongly that this has always been a partnership. During the first chemotherapy rounds, they were clearly taking the lead and guiding the process, but as my recovery improved, I felt I was able to share the lead and at times take more control over my treatments and decision making. For me, this has been the final step needed to ensure I continue to be proactive in keeping my health and wellbeing as a priority for my next stage of my life,” says Susan.
“I want to say a huge thank you to the Icon Southport team.”